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NEW ZEALAND'S LEAD. MINISTER'SCOMMENT. In an interview yesterday with a; representative of? The Post, the Hon. D‘. H. Guthrie (Minister in Charge of Discharged Soldiers’ Settlements] referred to a recently,-published statement, baped on, Melbourne figures ,that Victoria was giving more attention than New Zealand to some kinds of land settlement (including poultry-farming and fruit-fanf* ing). ‘'We are holding all the nms falling in/for sub-division amojjg. soldiers, accustomed to hpl-country farming, in case thby wish to continue in that direction’,” said the Minister, “but we are also supplying land suitable (or fattening sheep and lor mixed farming (agriculture .and; pasture arid for dairying., The I‘mit of advances in Victoria for this purpose is £2OOO. We are advancing liberally iip to £2500, but w© do not stop at this figure if the security is. regarded as good enough to justify an increase. The New Zealand GoVernSnelnt does not wish to'institute comparisons with any other Ooveminent in tjie British Dominions in regard to provision mad© for returned soldiers, hut it is only fair to New Zealand to mention that - the Government' heb is -ahead 7 of" other -Governments" whether Australian; or Canadian, in; providing for soldiers who have fought ■and bkd for their country.” * ‘Tt is claimed that Victoria itf the aggregate has spent more than £6,000/; 000 in providing, farm, at a limi>- ■ below blew Zealand's/ for returned soldiers, but we have .no detailed evidence of what has been done in Victoria;, In New Zealand the provision for soldiers include the purchase of Native lands, and the Government is giving ab- : solute preference to returned soldiers in the settlement of all Crown lands. A large area of this kind of land will he .available eventually for returned men capable of undertaking the £tsapuous work <of braking ,in unimproved country. The prospects for such settlers will certainly prove to be profitable.” The Minister said it was important for returned soldiers, for their own advantage, to get into toUch with -Government departments and obtain de-> finite official information about the settlement opportunities. They should not allow themselves to be misled by the, vague statements of irresponsible persons*. FRUIT-FARMING. “With regard to proposals for orchards; we have,to be very careful,’' Mr Guthrie 1 contintied. “We ’{fa.nhbtbe too •velituresom# just now, aro ’prepared to work on safe lilies. THp- reason for the necessary caution is that the market on which New Zealand was importantly' dependent in South America has been missed through the diversion of steamer® through the Panama Canal. Consequently the former service to ports on the east side of South America has been dislocated, and it is not known when it will be re-established. We have to look for other markets on the wert coast of America rather than the east.” * MARKET GARDENING, ETC. The Government, said the Minister, was encouraging men who had a bent for market gardening to take up small areas near the centres of population where they had the best prospect of success. The limit of help in > this kind of home-making was LIOOO in New Zealand, compared with £3OO. in Victoria, The same remark applied to poultry. In this line the limit in Victoria was £6OO, but the New Zealand Government would advance up to £IOOO, and would go even to £2500 - to;* help a man in establishing himsblf in a larger way as a poultry-farmer. Up to the present there had not been a. very great demand for farming of this kind (poultry, orchards, and fruit), which required- special knowledge. The means of education had been provided, but the returned men had not a very -great desire to. go, in for a period of training. Probably, as the schemes of settlement came to be better known, the soldiers might take a larger interest in this kind of opportunity to secure a comfortable living

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LAND FOR SOLDIERS, Nelson Evening Mail, Volume LIII, Issue 56, 7 March 1919

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LAND FOR SOLDIERS Nelson Evening Mail, Volume LIII, Issue 56, 7 March 1919

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